CBS Studios International

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CBS Studios International (CSI) (formerly CBS Paramount International Television) is a multinational television production/distribution arm of CBS Television Studios and owned by CBS Corporation that was formed in 2004 by Viacom as CBS Paramount International Television, a result of a merger between two television companies, CBS Broadcast International and Paramount International Television. Since September 26, 2006, the company is part of the CBS Television Distribution Group. On May 2009, CPITV was renamed to CBS Studios International.

The company distributes the CBS Studios library as well as the Rysher Entertainment library (owned domestically by 2929 Entertainment), the King World Productions library, the DreamWorks Animation library, and certain HBO shows internationally. In addition it also has part ownership of Australian subscription channels TV1 and SF Channel.[1]

From 2006-2009 as CBS Paramount International Television, the company distributed the film libraries from Paramount Pictures and Republic Pictures.

It once distributed the DreamWorks live-action library from 2006–08, such rights are now with Disney Media Distribution.

History[edit]

CBS Paramount International Television was formed in 2004 as a result of a merger between two television companies, CBS Broadcast International and Paramount International Television. In May 2009, CPITV was renamed to CBS Studios International.

The company distributes the CBS Studios library as well as the Rysher Entertainment library (owned domestically by 2929 Entertainment), the King World Productions library and certain HBO shows internationally. In addition it also has part ownership of Australian subscription channels TV1 and Sci Fi.[2] On September 14, 2009, it was revealed that CBS Studios International, struck a joint venture deal with Chellomedia to launch six CBS-branded channels in the UK during 2009. The new channels would replace Zone Romantica, Zone Thriller, Zone Horror and Zone Reality, plus timeshift services Zone Horror +1 and Zone Reality +1.[3][4] CBS Reality, CBS Reality +1, CBS Drama and CBS Action would launched on November 16, 2009 replacing Zone Reality, Zone Reality +1, Zone Romantica and Zone Thriller respectively.[5] On April 5, 2010, Zone Horror and Zone Horror +1 were rebranded as Horror Channel and Horror Channel +1.[6]

CSI licenses rights for the top international formats.

From 2006-2009 as CBS Paramount International Television, the company distributed the film libraries from Paramount Pictures and Republic Pictures.

In 2010, CBS Studios International went into an equal joint venture with Reliance Broadcast Network Limited to form Big CBS Networks Pvt. Ltd. The network operates a general entertainment channel, Big CBS Prime a youth oriented channel, Big CBS Spark and a women's and urban couple oriented channel, Big CBS Love.

In January 2011, Australian company Ten Network Holdings and CBS Studios International launched digital free-to-air channel Eleven with CBS Studios International holding a 33% stake in the new joint venture company ElevenCo Pty Ltd.[7]

On August 1, 2012 Chellomedia revealed that the European versions of Zone Romantica, Zone Reality and Club TV will be rebranded as CBS Drama, CBS Reality and CBS Action.[8]

In 2013, RTL Group and CBS Studios International announced its joint-venture as RTL CBS Asia Entertainment Network in Southeast Asia, with the launch of RTL CBS Entertainment in September 2013.

Shows distributed by CSI that are owned by other studios in USA[edit]

A handful of TV series in the CBS library were co-produced with other companies, in several cases, CBS only owns international rights. A listing of these shows and their American rights holders follow.

Distributed by Warner Bros. Television/HBO Enterprises in USA[edit]

Distributed by Debmar-Mercury in USA[edit]

Distributed by 20th Television in USA[edit]

Distributed by Sony Pictures Television in USA[edit]

Distributed by NBCUniversal Television Distribution in USA[edit]

Distributed by Disney–ABC Domestic Television in USA[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Weingroff, Jennifer (16 September 2009). "Reed Manville To Oversee International Channel For CBS Studios International" (Press release). CBS Studios International. Retrieved 15 February 2010. 
  2. ^ Weingroff, Jennifer (16 September 2009). "Reed Manville To Oversee International Channel For CBS Studios International" (Press release). CBS Studios International. Retrieved 15 February 2010. 
  3. ^ "CBS FINALChello Zone partnership press release" (DOC). Chello Zone. 2009-09-14. 
  4. ^ "CBS to launch UK channels with Chellomedia". Broadcastnow. 2009-09-14. 
  5. ^ "CBS channels to launch in UK". Broadcastnow. 2009-10-01. 
  6. ^ "Zone Horror rebrands as Horror Channel". Broadband TV News. 2010-03-31. 
  7. ^ James, Meg (25 August 2010). "CBS goes down under and takes minority stake in Australian TV venture". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 26 August 2010. 
  8. ^ "CBS and Chellomedia take entertainment across EMEA". Broadband TV News. 2012-08-01. 

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